“We will keep pushing for Europe” says Klopp
Back in the top-half of the table, a confident Klopp has reason to be smiling
March 3rd, 2016
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp maintains that his men will maintain their upward momentum with their main goal a place in Europe next season, following their emphatic 3-0 win over Manchester City last night.
Liverpool surged ahead of local rivals Everton and back into the top half of the Premier League table courtesy of what was a relatively comfortable win over the Citizens, having lost to the same opposition just three days earlier in the Capital One Cup final.
Klopp was naturally pleased with the performance of his side and laid down a challenge for them to maintain this level until the end of the campaign.
“It was for sure our best home game. The best word I can say to describe this is ‘Boom!’ It was really good to be honest. It showed us what these boys are capable of. It was a really good performance. We lost the final on Sunday, so we should have showed that we are more greedy today, especially in our situation in the Premier League,” he said to BT Sport following the final whistle.
“We cannot waste time any more, we have to climb now, we have to get points. We have so many important games in the next few weeks. We only have two tournaments left, but they’re the most important tournaments. From the first until the last second it was a really good performance. We have to [chase Europe]. We have to collect points, we have to take every point we can get.
“Good news – tonight was really good. Better news – we can do it on Sunday again. We have to take what we can get, and that’s how we should do it. Tonight I told the lads that we have to be angry in a positive football way. They took the cup, now they want the points we want to keep. We have to do it again, and if we can do this then we will have more points at the end of the season than now.”
Adam Lallana got his name onto the scoresheet and was named ‘man-of-the-match, however while he heaped praise on his midfielder, Klopp highlighted what was a vital challenge on Sergio Aguero by Kolo Toure with just nineteen minutes left to play.
“(Lallana) is a great, great player and for our game very important because he is a lively, energetic player and he loves pressing and counter-pressing. At the end people will only remember his genius goal or his pass to Roberto, but the best thing tonight was his counter-pressing actions,” he said.
“He played well, but to be honest, the moment of today was the challenge of Kolo Toure. I thought ‘It’s Aguero, we made a mistake, so it’s a goal’, or Simon (Mignolet) would have to make a world-class save, but then came Kolo, and it was really not too bad!”